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Posted: 09/05/2014 at 18:53


Been quite busy outside today as it cleared up and was pleasant most of the time. Digging out more turf to make space for plants and sowing more sweet peas and lettuce etc. Will have to have something to eat - maybe not cheese though....

Off for a look round to see what's what 

Dying Rhododendron

Posted: 09/05/2014 at 14:42

Is the  bed it's  in saturated? Sometimes it can act like a soakaway and therefore it's just like sitting in a big container of water. Dig down a little and have a look. BL's right about the gravel too, but after the really wet winter I think it's more likely to be wet than anything. Rhodies like damp soil but like the majority of plants they don't want to sit in it permanently. 

How soon can I plant violas in teacups for 14 June wedding?

Posted: 09/05/2014 at 14:36

At this rate-  you'll need to give them a bucket each instead of a teacup PF! 

How soon can I plant violas in teacups for 14 June wedding?

Posted: 09/05/2014 at 14:26

Saxifrages as well PF. They can be divided easily and grow very quickly at this time of year.  I think you might struggle to get the geranium cheaply though. I planted some in the retaining sandstone walls on a terrace  at my last house and it was glorious. 

Plant ID

Posted: 09/05/2014 at 14:23

You normally just divide them to propagate - I have a white one and I just pull bits off and stick them in pots to grow on. I wouldn't recommend taking a bit if it's not on your own property though.

Plant ID

Posted: 09/05/2014 at 14:20

It's a little saxifrage. Don't know which one - there's loads. Pretty aren't they? 

soil preparation

Posted: 09/05/2014 at 14:18

Merlot- you can't get any more comprehensive advice than the posters above have given. 

Good luck with the project 

How soon can I plant violas in teacups for 14 June wedding?

Posted: 09/05/2014 at 14:14

I'd stick them in small pots, but if you don't have time,they'll be fine until next month PF .

Keep them somewhere sheltered and out the full sun - if you have any - and dead head whenever you can 

Some of the alpine size geraniums would be a good alternative. There's a little deep pink one with a dark centre called Ballerina if you can source it. Osteospermums would be easy to get - but they might be a bit on the big side.

Clematis for a south facing border

Posted: 09/05/2014 at 14:08

The best advice I can give is to keep training/tying in the clematis round the obelisk rather than up. It requires a little effort but well worth it. There's so many varieties Scott - it's really a matter of your own preference for colour mostly. I'd agree with obelixx about one for each obelisk- (that's quite hard to say!)

I've just bought Niobe (dark purpley red) for this garden, which I love, and I'm considering it for an obelisk rather than a bed. Take a look at Taylor's Clematis online (other nurseries available too) which will show you some lovely choices -  you can type in your preference - season of flowering, colour, aspect etc. Only trouble is, you'll want tons of them! 

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